John Schulz Named Dean of Boston University’sCollege of Communication

in College of Communication, News Releases, University Affairs
January 9th, 2004

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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University announced that John J. Schulz has been named dean of its College of Communication, following a vote by the University’s Board of Trustees during its annual winter meeting.
Schulz was appointed to a one-year term as dean following Brent Baker’s resignation last spring. Schulz now joins the University’s corps of deans with continuing appointments.

“John Schulz’s initial appointment as dean was one he did not seek,” said President Chobanian, “but having accepted it, he committed himself tirelessly and enthusiastically to the demanding challenges of leadership on many fronts. The Trustees and I are pleased to confirm the faculty’s expressed confidence in Dean Schulz’s continuing leadership for the College.”

“John Schulz is a strong advocate for high academic standards and for a liberal arts centered experience that prepares our students well for intelligent and important contributions in journalism and in the related fields of communication,” said Provost Dennis Berkey.

Schulz earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Montana in 1962, and later earned his master’s and doctorate in international relations, Asian studies, and strategic studies in 1979 and 1981 at Oxford University, England. He is a former foreign correspondent, chief of correspondents, and deputy news director for the Voice of America News. From 1992 to 1995, Schulz was editor-in-chief of Arms Control Today magazine.

Since 1995, Schulz has served as professor of international communication and persuasion and public opinion in the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations at the College of Communication. He was department chairman from 1997 to 1999. He also directs the Boston University Graduate Mass Communication and Internship Summer Program in London where he has taught international mass media and comparative political systems for the past seven years. A former member of the faculty at the National War College, Schulz is an expert on international communication, arms control, and national security affairs.

Schulz served the nation with distinction as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, where he flew 275 combat missions in F-100 Supersabres and was decorated 23 times.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication specializes in journalism, film and television, and mass communication, advertising and public relations. Boston University, with more than 29,000 students enrolled in its 17 Schools and Colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent University.

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